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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita

Wichita Community Clinical Oncology Program physicians recognized for top enrollment
Oct. 25, 2011

For release: Immediately Contact: Roz Hutchinson, 316.719.3341, roz.hutchinson@viachristi.org

WCCOP physicians recognized for top patient enrollments

WICHITA – The National Cancer Institute has recognized local oncologists Dennis Moore, Jr., MD, and Shaker Dakhil, MD, and Wichita Community Clinical Oncology Program research staff for having some of the nation’s highest patient enrollments in National Cancer Institute Treatment and Cancer Control Clinical Trials.

The awards, based on 2010-2011 data, were presented Sept. 27 at the National Cancer Institute Administrators meeting in Washington, D.C. Moore and Dakhil are affiliated with Wichita CCOP, which is housed at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. Grant funding for Wichita CCOP is managed by Via Christi Hospitals.

Moore, who enrolled 73 patients in trials, earned recognition for the second-highest patient enrollment in the nation. Dakhil, who enrolled 71 patients, was recognized for the nation’s third-highest enrollment. Nationally, other CCOPs enrolled an average of just 40 patients during this same period.

NCI also recognized eight Wichita CCOP-affiliated physicians with Platinum Awards for enrolling more than 25 patients. They included Moore; Dakhil; Michael Cannon, MD; James Delmore, MD; David Johnson, MD; Bassam Mattar, MD; Nassim Nabbout, MD; and Pavan Reddy MD.

Phu Truong, MD, received an NCI Silver Award, for 16-19 enrollments.

In May 2011, Wichita CCOP was honored by Southwest Oncology Group for being its highest enrolling Community Clinical Oncology Program in 2010.

The Wichita program offers patients the most current cancer research in detection, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, control and quality of life, right here in Wichita, Through its relationships with such well-known programs as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and participating physicians nationwide, the Wichita program offers its patients the most current cancer research in detection, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, control and quality of life, said Keisha Humphries, RN, manager of Wichita Community Clinical Oncology Program at Via Christi Hospital.

“Our physicians are dedicated to making sure our patients don’t have to travel to Houston or Rochester to benefit from that high-quality care; they can find it right here, close to home,” said Humphries.

For information about current studies, call 316-268-5784 or 800-362-0070, ext. 5784.

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Via Christi Health, a Catholic-sponsored ministry affiliated with Marian Health System and Ascension Health, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2010, it provided more than $82.8 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit viachristi.org.